Not all thoroughbreds have successful racing careers or even the speed to make it to the racetrack but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have rich and full careers in other disciplines.
Equine enthusiast Carly Ayers picked up ex-thoroughbred ‘Black Glennoel’ from well known successful trainer, George Blacker. Black Glennoel (Grand Royale, ex Ali’s Blessing) had above average ability from the start and proved to be tough and sound, after 41 starts, 8 wins 7 seconds and 4 thirds and just over $94 000 in prize money he was retired and found himself in the hands of an accomplished show rider.
Life dramatically changed from being a supreme athlete to a well fed, lightly worked, impeccably behaved ‘pretty boy’. After a name change ‘Abundance’ has had a magnificent career in both dressage and showing. Armidale wishes Carly and Abundance all the best in the upcoming National Show Horse Championships at Werribee later this year.
Some of Cary’s and Abundance’s highlights so far are,
EA Horse Of The Year 2017-Runner up intermediate rider 15-17, qualified for Nationals & Runner up child’s Hack, qualified for Nationals
Launceston royal -2nd place small hack 15.2hh-16hh & 2nd place child’s small hack
Tasmanian Champion of Champions-Runner Up supreme ridden exhibit
Campbell Town Show 2016-Champion hack & Reserve Champion Rider
This is just one of the many stories of life after racing for our beloved thoroughbred racehorses.